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All the anxiety over which horribly-executed Chinese car would land in U.S. dealerships first appears to have been all for naught. Why? Volvo — owned by Chinese automaker Geely — will be the first manufacturer to offer a model assembled in China, and there’s a chance that its potential customers may barely notice. The car […]

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Hyundai is reportedly working on a compact hybrid car, and several development mules of the potential Toyota Prius rival were caught testing in public. AutoGuideĀ has a gallery full of photos, and reports that while the mules used current five-door Elantra GT bodyshells, not to expect a hybridized Elantra, but rather a standalone model. The rough […]

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The BMW i8 has been one of the most anticipated performance cars in years, both for its faithful concept-to-production design and its radical hybrid-electric powertrain that strikes an excellent balance between conservation and outright performance. Power comes from a radical turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a pair of electric motors to deliver a combined 357 horsepower […]

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Mercedes-Benz has officially started production on its 2015 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and will be immediately available, at least in Europe for now. This is the company’s first-ever use of plug-in technology, although certainly not its first hybrid so this isn’t a complete unknown. The system uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that by itself produces […]

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Although it’s taken a few days to filter out to North American media, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that the country will offer a substantial subsidy for the new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being launched in early 2015. “This is the car of a new era because it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide and […]

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Audi will reportedly introduce an e-tron version of its flagship A8 limousine, set to debut sometime next year as a 2016 model. According to Auto Express, the A8 e-tron will be a full plug-in hybrid that uses Audi’s new 3.0-liter diesel V6 as its heart, rather than the gasoline V6 currently used in the regular […]

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As promised, there’s now a plethora of information on the new 2015 Smart Fortwo and Forfour, which had their global debut yesterday in Berlin. The cars retain their rear-engine/rear-drive layout, surrounded by an updated tridion safety cell, which uses a mix of ultra-high-strength and ‘multiphase’ steel to deliver maximum crash performance. The Fortwo also keeps […]

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Hybrids and EVs are great, but what about those who need a full-size SUV and would still have environmental and fuel consumption concerns? There’s no hybrid for them yet, or at least since the demise of the Chevy Tahoe’s hybrid version. Ford has redeveloped the powertrain of its Expedition SUV to bring this vehicle more […]

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Stop-start technology is showing up for 2015 in two Chrysler Group vehicles, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 sedan. Chrysler Group announced it is offering Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology as standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. Chrysler 200 customers who opt […]

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Volkswagen will hold the North American unveiling of the next generation of its popular Golf hatchback at the New York auto show. Yes, the TDI version will be back. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is said to be bigger inside and out, lighter, more fuel efficient, and safer than the vehicle it replaces. Volkswagen also said […]

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